Nada Yoga Kirtan Retreat~Union with Sacred Sound

Event Highlights

  • Nightly Kirtan; including chanting in our wood-fired sauna
  • Learn your favorite chants and their meaning
  • Introduction to Sanskrit, the language of Kirtan
  • Beginner Indian dance class—the expression of sound within matter
  • Percussion class—hand percussion is a pure expression of Life's rhythm
  • Pranayam “Yogic Breathing” Intensive—the basis of all life and living sound is breath
  • Presentation on the history of Kirtan
  • Daily Yoga Instruction
  • Plant-based, whole food, organic fare
  • Massage Available On Site ($75/hr, w/ 2 Yogic Therapists)

Schedule

Friday
3:30 Arrival, settle in
4:30 Orientation and tour
5:30 Organic Vegan Dinner
6:30 Meditation Class
7:30 Group Meditation
Saturday
8:00-8:30 Fruit and Tea
9:00 Nada Yoga Pranayam "Yogic Breathing" Class w/ light Asana practice
10:00 Introduction to Sanskrit the language of Kirtan
11-12:00 Organic, vegan Brunch
1:00-2:00 Indian Dance Class or Percussion Class
2:15 Presentation on the history of Kirtan
3:30 Yoga Instruction
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Group Kirtan
7:30 Group Meditation
8:30 Chanting in the Sauna!
Sunday
8:00-8:30 Fruit and Tea
9:00 Nada Yoga Pranayam "Yogic Breathing" Class w/ light Asana practice
10:00 Introduction to Sanskrit the language of Kirtan
11-12:00 Organic, vegan Brunch
1:00-2:00 Learn the meaning of your favorite chants
2:00-3:00 Group Kirtan, applying all that we have learned
3:30-5:00 Yoga Instruction
5:30 Dinner

About This Event

Kirtan, singing of Sanskrit chants, is an ancient Yogic practice of devotion, especially towards Life and our divine potential. Sung in a call-and-response format, the performing of Kirtan is a true concert—an opportunity to come together and celebrate!

Led by the Yogis of Shiva Lila, Sat Manav's resident Kirtan wallahs, this weekend will be a thrilling immersion into the passion and power one can invoke through surrendering to the vibrations of the divine! For us, Kirtan is an expression of our exuberance for Life, Yoga and our ultimate potential as human beings!

During this experiential weekend we will dive into the practice of Nada Yoga, “Union with sacred sound,” creating frequencies of fulfillment, release and unity. Join us at our secluded woodland retreat to immerse yourself in this amazing practice!

This place is a treasure! I had such an amazing time. The people are so wonderful and accommodating. The service is spectacular! The food is out of this world! It was a unique and beautiful experience and I wholeheartedly recommend Sat Manav Yoga Ashram! -June

Venue Highlights

Looking to truly retreat, step completely away from "society"? We are far from the big city, off-grid, nestled in the forest, no cell service... Nothing disturbs the mountain expanse, the sound of rushing streams, the quiet serenity that is the perfect backdrop for deep reflection and making positive life changes.
Our buildings are eco-friendly, comfortable, heated with wood, cooled by the fresh mountain air and lit with solar power. All of our rooms sleep 2 people (2 twins or 1 queen) with baths attached. Our guest buildings also have solar lighting and are free from all other electronics and their disturbing EMFs to allow complete digital detox, essential for you to re-energize.
We have temples, walking trails and shrines for meditating and contemplation. Our Strawbale Yoga Shala is open all hours for practice and meditation. A wood fired sauna provides purification, release and glorious hot showers.
Join us to completely unplug, release, renew and rejuvenate.

Accommodations

Our aim is to create the perfect environment for Yoga, meditation and reflection. To create that tranquility, distraction and disturbance free, we are in the nestled in the mountains and, very comfortably, off-grid.

Our accommodations have indoor composting toilets, hand pumped water, hand pumped shower (hot), wood heat (we will manage your stove), and cooled by opening the windows to the fresh mountain air! Our guest buildings also have solar lighting and are free from all other electronics and their disturbing EMFs to allow complete digital detox, essential for you to re-energize.

We have 3 guest cabins. All linens included.
~The "Guest Cabin" is private with a queen bed, cozy sitting room. Indoor half bath. Showering takes place in our Sauna/shower room down the road a short walk.
~"Shodhana" has two bedrooms, a queen in one room and twin bunk beds in the other, each with a private half bath, and a shared sitting room. Showering takes place in our Sauna/shower room across the road.
~The "Kund" has two bedrooms upstairs, a queen in one room and two twins in the other, and a shared sitting room and full bathroom downstairs. There is also a kitchenette.
~We have tent sites along our rushing stream for those looking to really commune with nature. Bring a tent and bedding.

Menu/Cuisine

All meals are prepared by our skilled Yogi chefs. We serve a Vegan, organic, wholefoods based menu, with flavoring and mild spicing inspired by India and Nepal. Food is nourishment for the body, mind and soul. We spare no effort in providing a healthful and fulfilling eating experience!

Meals are served at 11:00am and 5:30pm on “Pradakshina,” our dining area that surrounds our Shakti Temple. Fruit and herbal tea are available anytime, upon request. Please inform us of any allergies or special dietary needs. All food will be provided by the Ashram and kept in designated areas.

Directions

The closest major airport is Portland National Jetport, about 2 hours south of us. We offer airport pick up and drop off for $150. You can also take a bus to the Augusta Concord Bus Station, about an hour away, pick up and drop off, $60.

If you plan to drive, almost all online maps and GPS systems provide incorrect directions. To reach us, please use the driving directions that will be provided in your confirmation email.

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This sounds like a dream! I am an education student and I have spent way too much time working all summer to pay for school. My boyfriend of 5 years is a government firefighter and has been away working most of the summer. His 30th Birthday and our 6th anniversary is coming up this winter, we would love to celebrate with a yoga retreat! We both love yoga but have barley had time to practice in the past few months. Keeping our fingers crossed! Jaimee and Dan
 

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